While looking at the idyllic, snow-covered streets might be pleasing to our eyes, it’s a little less thrilling for our skin. The cold, dry weather can be quite harsh on our complexion, and if you want to maintain that youthful, radiant glow for your wedding, you have to switch up your routine and adjust it for fall and winter months. Not sure how to avoid dryness and keep your skin protected? Here are a few tips that should help you out.
Don’t Use Makeup Wipes
All that harsh rubbing isn’t really great for our skin, and if you want to avoid irritation then let go of the makeup wipes. A much better solution is micellar water or cleansing oil. You can rub some oil onto your face, let it melt away the makeup, and then remove it gently with a few cotton pads. After that, feel free to wash your face with a mild cleanser to get rid of any residue.
Invest in a Humidifier
Dry air is pretty terrible for your skin, and if you want to keep your complexion soft, you can invest in a humidifier. You don’t need it in every single room, but you’ll definitely benefit if you sleep in a nicely humid bedroom to avoid waking up with a dry face.
Photo: Tyler Boye Photography
Switch Up Your Moisturizer
Every bride who wants that fresh, dewy look for her wedding needs some quality products to keep her skin smooth and lovely during the cold months. Instead of using light gel creams that are more appropriate during summer, it’s now the perfect time to bring out those creamy, nourishing moisturizers that can protect you and keep your complexion velvety. This is especially important if you’re dealing with wrinkles and want to avoid deep lines showing up in your wedding photos and ruining your big day. The best thing you can do is invest in some quality natural anti ageing skincare that consists of cleansing milk, serums, skin balms, and oils. Make sure you apply products that are rich in antioxidants and don’t contain any harmful ingredients and be diligent when it comes to their use. Consistency is truly the key to a gorgeous complexion, and as long as you care for your skin every day, you’ll look positively glowing for your wedding.
Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
Despite the cold, overcast days that keep coming our way, sunscreen is still a must. High SPF is one of the best ways to protect your skin from developing wrinkles, not to mention that you can still get melanoma even in winter. According to Dana Persia, owner of Beautiful Brides Philly and a licensed esthetician, “Without protection, the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. UV exposure adds up over time, increasing your risk of developing skin cancer. Even when the sun is in hiding, and temps are low, start your day with at least an SPF15 daily moisturizer.”
Pair Exfoliation with a Good Mask
Exfoliation is a great way to remove those dry, flaky patches from our face. “It is THE best way to get glowing, youthful skin because exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis. By removing these dead cells, exfoliation can help keep pores from becoming clogged and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling,” advises Persia. However, unless you nourish your skin right after, you’ll only make the problem worse. The best way to exfoliate is to do it in the evening, and then use a nourishing sheet mask right after you’ve scrubbed away all those dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum. If you want to make it more effective, you can steam your face lightly for five minutes before exfoliation—this will open up your pores and make them easier to clean. You can also make your own DIY mask from things you have lying around your home.
Drink More Water
Another great way to prevent dryness and keep your skin elastic and fresh is to simply drink more water. We tend to forget all about hydration as soon as summer passes, but we do need water if we want a healthy body. “It’s always a good idea to do this all year round, but it’s even more important during the colder months because we aren’t perspiring as much and don’t feel the need to drink water like we do in the summer. Eight, 8-ounce glasses per day are what doctors and experts advise,” states Persia.
Eat your way to better skin
Nourishing your skin from the inside out is always a good idea, and since most brides-to-be want to be in their best shape for the wedding, eating well means you’ll be practically killing two birds with one stone. Antioxidant-rich food such as leafy greens, garlic, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and other veggies can help a lot, and so can anything that has omega-3 fatty acids in it. These will keep your skin soft and plump, so fill your plate with avocados, fish, and nuts. Blueberries, goji berries, and green tea are also great super foods that will keep your body healthy and your complexion lush.
Photo: Burton Photography
The cold season is pretty much the perfect time for a little spa day at home. Have a hot bath, then take steps to care for and nourish your skin as you browse wedding magazines and dream about your big day. Create a nice little moment of peace and enjoy!
Guest Blogger: Guest Blogger: Brigitte Evans, Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant, Beauty Department, https://highstylife.com/